What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is any form of writing which is written with the creativity of mind: fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction writing, and more. The purpose is to express something, whether it be feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Creative writing is written to entertain or educate someone, to spread awareness about something or someone, or to express one’s thoughts.

The purpose of creative writing is to both entertain and share the human experience, like love or loss. Writers attempt to get at a truth about humanity through poetics and storytelling. If you’d like to try your hand at creative writing, just keep in mind that whether you are trying to express a feeling or a thought, the first step is to use your imagination.

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Types of creative writing include:

  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Movie and television scripts
  • Fiction (novels, novellas, and short stories)
  • Songs
  • Speeches
  • Memoirs
  • Personal essays

Techniques used in creative writing include:

  • Character development
  • Plot development
  • Vivid setting
  • Underlying theme
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue
  • Anecdotes
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Figures of speech
  • Imaginative language
  • Emotional appeal
  • Heavy description

Why do we need creative writing prompts?


If you’ve ever sat in front of a computer or notebook and felt the urge to start creating worlds, characters, and storylines — all the while finding yourself unable to do so, then you’ve met the author’s age-old foe: writer’s block. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the time but not the words to be creative. Enter our new directory! If you’re ready to kick and finally get started on your short story or novel, these unique story ideas might just be your ticket. Here we are presenting 50 creative writing prompts and fiction writing prompts to allow you to flex your creative writing by experimenting with different types of genres.

Top 50 creative writing prompts

  1. Someone is sitting on a park bench and reading a news article about the recent string of crimes. The person knows who did it.
  2. A writer loses the ability to distinguish reality from the fantastical world of his or her stories.
  3. Some relationships aren’t simple enough to be classified as toxic or healthy. Writing about a complex relationship, give it a shot.
  4. In a country that rants and raves about freedom, the government decides that its people should not be allowed to eat meat.
  5. On the first day of school, two best friends discover a frightening secret about one of their new teachers.
  6. It’s a cold rainy night. A man and a woman standing beside a car outside a convenience store, arguing. One of them pulls out a gun.
  7. Four friends on a nature hike discovered a deep cave, complete with running water. As they go deeper and deeper into the cave they find strange objects – human skeletons, a gas mask etc.,
  8. What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?
  9. How do you feel when you love someone who does not love you back?
  10. Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.
  11. Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.
  12. Write something inspired by a recent dream you had.
  13. Everyone’s addicted to something in some shape or form. What are the things you can’t go without?
  14. Write about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.
  15. Write about doing something you don’t want to do.
  16. What scares you a little? What do you feel when scared? How do you react?
  17. What makes you smile? What makes you happy?
  18. Write about a character who goes to – or purposefully avoids – their college reunion.
  19. Write a story that feels lonely, despite being set in a packed city.
  20. Write about a character who is stuck in an elevator when the power goes out.
  21. Write a story about two people meeting during unusual circumstances and becoming fast friends.
  22. Write a day in the life story about a first-time parent and their newborn child.
  23. Write a story that begins with someone’s popsicle melting.
  24. Write a story that begins with someone who’s haunted by their past.
  25. Write a story about an argument that seems to be about one thing, but actually about another.
  26. Write about making mistakes.
  27. Write about a phone call you recently received.
  28. Write about an extreme sport.
  29. Choose a famous painting and write about it.
  30. Write a tribute to someone you regard as a hero.
  31. While shopping in a departmental store suddenly you come across a middle-aged man who is almost the same as the guy who kidnapped your child ten years earlier
  32. A school of dolphins approaching you while you were relaxing on the beach. How would you feel?
  33. Write about any classic monsters like vampires, werewolves and mummies.
  34. Write a story about a character who walks away from the life he or she knows and the people he or she loves. Why would a person give up everything he or she holds dear?
  35. A small team is conducting research at sea and they are overtaken by a wild storm.
  36. The Earth has been ravaged by disease. There is no law or order. The grid has gone. Everyone is struggling to survive.
  37. The scientist has figured out how to alternate DNA sequence and could now create animals who could be the survival to the fittest. One of their experiments go wrong and by mistake unleashes a swarm oh hybrid predators on the population.
  38. Two athletes competing get stuck somewhere like broken down in an elevator or a remote location and fall in love.
  39. Write about someone you admire from far – a public figure or celebrity.
  40. Have you ever had a Déjà vu – the strange sense you’ve ever experienced something before.
  41. What is the number of goals you want to achieve as a writer?
  42. Think about a book that was a page-turner that made you want to keep reading.
  43. What scares you a little? What do you feel when scared? How do you react?
  44. Write about the power you felt when you told someone no.
  45. Watch a movie that makes you cry. Write about that scene in the movie.
  46. Pick a state or country you’ve never visited. Write about why you would or would not like to visit that place.
  47. Choose one of the natural wonders of the world. Write about it.
  48. Write about an object that’s been passed through the generations in your family.
  49. Write about a magic potion. What is it made of? What does it do? What is the antidote?
  50.  Take something you’ve written in the past and rewrite it into a completely different piece.    

How to build a writing routine?

Many adult writers use themes to kick-start their writing while others choose to use lines of dialogue or specific keywords as great writing starters. Obviously, the sources of Creative writing prompts that may be used for writing skill development is virtually limitless. If you practice your writing consistently with the adult writing prompts listed above, there is no doubt they should help you unleash your creativity and achieve new heights in your writing performance.

To understand more about creative writing and enhance your writing skills join Henry Harvin’s creative writing course.


What are creative writing prompts?

Writing prompts are learning assignments that directs a writer to write about a particular topic in a particular way.

How to build a writing routine?

1. Set goals and establish your routines around them
2. Adopt a mindset
3. Determine your most creative/productive time of the day
4. Create a dedicated writing space
5. Try different writing methods to see what suits you the best
6. Set your writing commitment
7. Whatever your routine is stick to it

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